01/09/2010, Big Galliot Cay
January 7th, 2010 Black Point to Galliot Cut, Exumas
After breakfast we weighed anchor and attempted to sail down to Little Farmers, but the wind died and we turned on the engine. We anchored on the west side of the island and dingied in to visit Jim on "Solitaire." Nancy had to make an unscheduled trip back to Washington and Jim was on a mooring alone, so we wanted to touch base with him before moving further south.
After our visit we returned to the boat weighed anchor again and motored south about 5 miles to Galliot Cut where we anchored for the night behind an island.
January 6th, 2010 Black Point, Exumas
We got a good night's sleep, although it was still windy with some waves rolling into the bay. In the morning we stayed aboard. I replaced the articulating arms on our solar panels. One of them was broken and Kim bought replacements during her trip back to the States. I also changed the orientation of the cleats on our davits to avoid rubbing on the dinghy. I had to drill most of the holes and it took way longer than I had anticipated, but that is usually the case.
In the afternoon we went ashore with Kim, Steve, Larry and Bev (Shandell). We worked on the computers at Lorraine's and then had a late lunch.
We listened to the Spartans play Wisconsin in the evening and ended up eating popcorn for supper. (we were still full from lunch at 3 p.m.)
The Lady Muriel-an A-class boat
01/06/2010, Black Point
January 5th, 2010 Black Point, Exumas
01/06/2010, Black Point
The wind and seas were up last night as we knew they would. Although we have NW protection here the wind was out of the NNW which was not good. "Sapphire" was rocking and rolling to the point where sleep was next to impossible. I woke at 1 a.m. and was awake until 4 a.m. reading but was able to get a couple of hours more before daylight.
Things continued during the day. Walking around the boat was impossible without holding something which make simple things like washing dishes almost impossible. We warmed up leftovers, ate conch salad from the day before and had some peanut butter sandwiches. Cooking was not possible.
We are trying to find a two day window to push south to the Jumentos but it doesn't look like it will be this week. There is another front coming through on Saturday and we'll have to find some protection for a couple of days. On the brighter side ... it looks like high pressure is going to begin do dominate out in the Atlantic which should put our weather back into a more normal mode with east winds between fronts instead of NW.
We listened to Purdue play Minnesota this evening while the winds abated enough for a good night's sleep.
January 4th, 2010 Black Point, Exumas
Kathy had most of the laundry bagged up and ready to go, so after coffee I headed to shore to do the wash. It was windy and a little rough, so rather than risk drenching our clean clothes on the return trip with both of us in the dinghy, I went alone. (Just a note-this is the first time in 3 ½ years that Mike has done the laundry alone.)
The dock at the laundry had waves crashing so I quickly off loaded our clothes and took the dinghy down to the government dock where I could tie it up safely. I got rid of our garbage there and then walked back to the Laundry.
Kim and Steve were there and another couple, and with my three loads most of the washers were busy.
By the time I finished it was raining lightly and the wind had come up, so Ida let me borrow a large garbage bag for my return trip.
I had planned on heading back into Lorraine's Café in the afternoon but it was way too rough to make the trip. We spent the afternoon reading and weaving. Steve and Kim went to pick up her computer, but chose to head back to their boat as well.
By evening "Sapphire" was hobby horsing in 3 foot seas... enough to make cooking difficult. I decided to use up some tomatoes and make a conch salad for dinner.
The salad really was good... and there was enough left over for tomorrow.
We watched some video and retired about 10:30 only to wake up around 1 a.m. when we really started to rock and roll.